Ilya O. Komov was born in 1965 into an old Moscow family deeply rooted in Russian history.


Ilya K. Komov is a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts (2013), a winner of the Silver Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts (2007); Silver (2008) and Golden (2011) Medals of the Union of Russian Artists, prize-winner at the Golden Brush competition (1993); winner of the Grand Prix of the Moscow Artists’ Union (1997). He was awarded with the Honorary Diploma of the Russian Academy of Arts (1999). In 2000, Ilya Komov was selected as one of Millennium’s prominent figures at the Litsa (Persons) magazine.

In his creative work Ilya Komov draws inspiration from ancient Russian mural masters and follows the traditions of Russian art of the first half of 20th century (N. Gontcharova, Nicolas de Stael, Serge Poliakoff). His  vision and freedom enable the artist to reach the most intimate depths of images and add sharp emotionality of his works.

In 1983, after completing the full course at the Moscow High School of Arts, Ilya Komov entered V. I. Surikov State Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1989. During his school years in Soviet times, Ilya Komov, together with his age group Yulia Rutberg (now a renowned actress), film director Aleksander Basov, poet Mikhail Bolduman, has, since 1980, been for several years a member of the underground art group Yar (The Ravine). He also participated in another underground artists’ union Kovcheg (The Ark). He was among participants at an open- air protest at the Arbat exhibition in 1987 as well as at exhibitions in the Central House of Medical Workers in 1988, one of the centers of non-conformist artists.  In 1991, Ilya Komov displayed his works in an exhibition at the premises of the popular literary journal Yunost (The Youth). In 1993 Ilya Komov showed his works at the exhibition of the art group Contract No. 13.

Since 1987, Ilya Komov has regularly presented his paintings at all the picture shows organized by the Artists’ Union, starting with the sensational 17th Young Artists Exhibition, and later on participated at exhibitions in the Manezh, The Central House of Artists, and other eminent art events. In 1991, Ilya Komov entered the Russian Union of Artists.

tuchbirThe first solo displays of paintings by Ilya Komov were held in 1991 in Helsinki (Finland) and in Serpukhov, near Moscow, at the City Art and History Museum.

Since 1996, Ilya Komov has been a regular participant in the project Russian Portrait – which presents portrait artworks inspired by long-time experience from ancient murals up to the newest forms of modern art using colour as an ultimate means for picturing the character’s nature and mood.

Within this project, Ilya Komov has presented several solo exhibitions – one in the Central House of Artists (2003, under the patronage of the World Health Organization), two others held at the Russian Academy of Arts (1998 and 2002), and one in the Reception Hall of the Embassy of Finland in Moscow (2002).

In 2002, Ilya Komov, with the musicians of the Bolshoi orchestra, started a new project, Russian Salons, based on the idea that color and melody are deeply related means of expression which shape and influence the soul of a human being. A performance with musicians playing at a rehearsal in the exhibition hall with their own artistic images in the background produced an extremely bright and vivid effect. The project received good and friendly coverage in the media, and Ilya Komov was distinguished with the Golden Medal of the Union of Russian Artists. The last exhibition within this project Image of the Music was held in 2011 at the F. Glinka Musical Culture Museum.

In 2005 – 2006, Ilya Komov visited India where he made a series of paintings presenting a special Russian vision of India. The artist enjoyed the honor of attending a private audience with Sonia Gandhi, the Chairperson of the Indian National Congress, who expressed her appreciation of his works. In 2006, in her letter on the occasion of the farewell exhibition of Komov’s works at the India International Centre, she again expressed her gratitude for the painter’s deep feelings towards India: ‘Thank you very much for your love of my people, so beautifully expressed in your paintings’.


In Moscow, Komov’s works from his Indian tour were exhibited in 2006 at the State Museum of Oriental Art, and after that in the Indian Embassy, and later on in the Vincent Gallery. Ilya Komov was awarded for his Indian paintings with the Silver Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts.

In 2008 – 2009, Ilya Komov, under the blessing of Amphilohije, Metropolitan of Montenegro and Littoral, travelled to this Adriatic republic. On his artistic trip through this Balkan country and during visits to its famous monasteries the painter created a large series of paintings under the title Life as a Miracle, recalling the renowned film by Emir Kustirica. This collection of paintings was exhibited at the Central House of Artists in Moscow in 2009.

Since 2010, Ilya Komov has frequently visited Paris where he worked on his portrait project In Search of a Human, in which his models were the French actors Michel Galabru, Julie Ferrier, Jean-Laurent Cochet, Brigitte Aubert (Catch the Thief by Alfred Hitchcock) and many others.

Since 2010, Paris has often witnessed Ilya Komov’s exhibitions at galleries in this city. In 2010, on the initiative of the gallery owner Mme Lilian Breau-Francois, Komov’s solo exhibition under heading The Voice Of Light was opened within the framework of the project A Russian’s ? Year in France. At this representative solo-exhibition in the Paris gallery Etienne de Causans (25, rue de Seine) Ilya Komov showed 42 of his paintings. This endeavor was supported by the Moscow gallery Les (‘Forest’).

citeIn 2011 two personal shows of Komov’s paintings were held in Paris at I-Gallery, Montmartre, and at the Petite Galerie in the Rue de Seine, and  London welcomed in the same year Mr Komov’s  Inner Light solo exhibition at Frameless Gallery.

Ilya Komov participated at the National Society of Fine Arts 150th anniversary  international exhibition in the Louvre (Carrousel du Louvre) in 2011.

Since 2012, Ilya Komov has been regularly working and exhibiting in the South West of France, in French Catalonia – Languedoc-Roussillon: Collioure, Ceret, Prats de Mollo, Saint-Laurent de Cerdans, Corsavy, Arles-sur-Tech, Argeles-sur-mer – as well as in Spanish Catalonia: in towns Besalu and Tapis.

In 2013 Ilya Komov participated in an artistic trip to Saint Martin du Canigou, the ancient monastery situated at one of the highest mountain localities in the French Pyrenees. This expedition resulted in a series of portraits The Face of Catalonia. Two years later, in 2015, the solo exhibition under same name – The Face of Catalonia – was arranged in La Capelletta, the major exhibition hall in Ceret, the famous city of artists.

Along with portraits of French actors, Ilya Komov made a series of portraits of leading Russian film and theater actors. These are presented in the project Duel, which the artist constantly replenishes with the new characters. The point of this series is that the artist presents the actors in scenes playing their best roles. All these portraits were painted live, in acting, and in a real living contact with the actors. In 2015, the Duel project was presented at the large Komov solo exhibition in the Alexander Pushkin Museum and received wide coverage by the main Russian TV and radio channels. In 2016, the series of Duel was nominated for the Russian Government Prize. Apropos, the theatrical paintings of Ilya Komov was the theme of one of the reports delivered at the 22th Art History Conference at the Russian Academy of Arts, and Komov was remarkably the only single contemporary artist whose works were discussed  at this forum.

машThe 50th birthday of the artist was celebrated with the large personal exhibition My Way  at the Academy of Arts at the turn of 2015-2016 .

In 2016 held a solo exhibition The Right to Light at the residence of the European Union Ambassador to Russia

All in all, till now, Ilya Komov has already had about 50 solo exhibitions in Russia and abroad. His works are kept in many museums and private collections in his motherland and overseas; among others, in the collection of the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in Sonia Gandhi’s collection, and in the collection of the former President of Finland, Mauno Koivisto.


1989, BFA, MFA Surikov State Academy of Fine Arts, Moscow, USSR


Selected Solo Shows

2018-19,  Mediatheque de Ceret, France,  Esprit Russe a Ceret”

2017, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russian Federation, Personal Space

2016, Residence of the European Union Ambassador to Russia, Moscow, Right to Light

2015-16, Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow  Ilya Komov: My way

2015, State Alexandre Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia Duel

2015, Capelletta Gallery, Ceret, France   Face of Catalonia

2014, Novinskiy Gallery, Moscow, Russian Federation,  Ilya Komov : recent works

2013, State Alexandre Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russian Federation Shape-Space-Color

2011, I-Gallery, Montmartre, Paris, France Ilya Komov: Recent Paintings

2011, The State Museum of musical culture, named after Glinka, Moscow, Russia  Images of Music

2011, Framelessgallery, London, United Kingdom, The Inner light

2011, Petite gallerie, rue de Seine, Paris, France, The great in the Small

2010, Vincent Artgallery, Moscow, Russian Federation, Recent Paintings

2010, Union’s of Painters Gallery, Moscow, Russian Federation, Ray of Light

2010,  Etienne de Causans Gallery, rue de Seine, Paris, France, Voice of Light

2009 , International of Artist’s Unions and Art-Agency gallery, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russian Federation, Life as Miracle

2008, Vincent Art Gallery, Moscow, Russian Federation, Choir

2007, Vincent Art Gallery, Moscow, Russian Federation, Going over three seas

2007, Residence of the Great Duchy of Luxembourg Ambassador to Russia, Moscow Soirees Russes

2006 State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow, Russian Federation , Russian Portrait of India

2005, India International Center, New Delhi, India, Russian Portrait of India

2005, World Bank Gallery, World Health Organization, Moscow, Russian Federation Mother and Child

2003, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russian Federation, Russian portrait and Landscape

2002, Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow, Russian Federation, recent works

2002, Residence of Finland Ambassador to Russia, Moscow,  Russian Portrait

2001, World Health Organization in Russia, Moscow, Healing People

2001, Moscow House of Sculptor, Moscow, Russian Federation, Dilemma

2000, UNO Information Centre Gallery, Recent Paintings

1999, Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow, Russian Federation, Russian Portrait

1998, “Our Heritage” Magazine Gallery, Moscow, Russian Federation, Recent Paintings

1997 Academic Gallery, Moscow, Russian Federation, Recent Paintings

1997 State Historical and art museum, Serpukhov, Russia, Recent Paintings

1994 Russian Cultural Centre, Helsinki, Finland, Recent Paintings

Two Persons Shows with Olga M. Komova

2018, Mairie of Arles sur Tech, France, Vie sur les murs,

2015, Chistye Prudy Gallery, Moscow, Russian Federation, 1 + 1 = 1

2014, Crypt Abbey Saint-Marie, Arles sur Tech, France, Recent Paintings

2014, Les Toiles du Soleil shop’s gallery, Moscow, Russian Federation, Recent Paintings

2013, Moulin des Arts gallery, Arles sur Tech, France, Recent Paintings

2012, Moulin des Arts gallery, Arles sur Tech, France, Recent Paintings

2011, Les Oreades gallery, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia, Romanov, Volga’s town

2011, Ferme des Jeux gallery, Vaux-le-Penil, France, Recent Paintings

Selected Group Shows

2017 Les Oreades Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Art-Studio Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2016 Les Oreades Gallery, Moscow, Russia Leave Me in Oreades

2011, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France, National Society of Fine Arts, 150th Anniversairy Salon of Fine Arts

2003, State Historical And Art Museum , Pereslavl Zalesskiy, Russian

1995, Kuznetskiy Most Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia Museum’s space

1993, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia, Contract № 13

1996-2016, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia, Art-Wednesdays Club

1986-2016, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Moscow, Russia


Russian Academy of Arts, N.A.A., since 2013

Union of Artists of Russia, since 1991

Union of Artists of Moscow, since 1991

Creative Union of Artists, since 2009.


2015, Medal, Moscow Union of Artists

2011, Golden Medal, Creative Union of Russia

2008, Silver Medal of the Creative Union of Russia

2007, Silver Medal, Russian Academy of Arts

1999, Honorary Diploma, Russian Academy of Arts

1997, Grand Prix, Moscow Artist’s Union

1993, Best of Show, Golden Brush Competition


2012,2014, 2015,2018 Arles Sur Tech, France,

2009, Cite Des Arts, Paris, France

1984-1994, Kardovskiy, Pereslavl Zalesskiy, Russia


Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russian Federation

State Museum of Musical Culture, Moscow, Russia

State Historical and Art Museum, Pereslavl Zalesskiy, Russia

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

Sonia Gandhi, Chairman of the Indian National Congress Party

Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland

Bibliography and publications

“Ilya Komov: L’esprit russe a Ceret”,  Stepane Galant,  “L’independent” , France, 30.12.2018

Ilya Komov: I love Paris, But Prefer Tutaev, by Ksenia Vorotyntseva, “Culture” newspaper, January 20-26, 2017

Ilya Komov: Je peins en russe avec un fort accent francais”, by Valeria Tretyakova, “Russie Info” magazine, May, 21, 2016

Ilya Komov- Glavnaya Role, TV-show by Julian Makarov, “Culture” channel, April, 15, 2015

Dramatis personae” by Vladislav Boretskiy, Cultradio Radio, April, 6, 2015

Actor-models of Ilya Komov’s show “Duel”discuss the exhibition, by Alexandra Zagriazhskaya, Art-Reliz magazine, June 17, 2015

Simple and Complex in Art of Ilya Komov, by Alexander Yakimovich, “Sobranie” (“Collection”) magazine, № 3, 2014

Arles et les Arlesiens se font tirer le portrait, by Denis Dupont, “L’Inependant” newspaper, November, 17, 2013, France

Les mysteres de Paris d’Ilya Komov, by Natalia Medvedeva, “Perspestive” magazine, France, March, 2012

Dramatis personae” by Vladislav Boretskiy, Cultradio Radio, November, 23, 2010

Zhivu kak v horoshem avtorskom kino by Irina Saminskaya, Kultpohod magazine, №2, 2009

Russian Portrait of India Museum of Oriental Art show catalog by Lubov Evdokimova , 2006

India without elephants, by Irina Saminskaya, Kultpohod magazine, June, 2006

Russian portrait and landscape, show catalog by Lubov Evdokimova 2003

Persons and landscapes, by Alla Mikhailova, “Nashe nasledie”, (“Our Heritage”) magazine, 1998

Paintings of Ilya Komov, by Valentina Azarkovitch, “Yunost” (“Youth”) magazine, 1994